Royal Media finally addresses Jacque Maribe’s issue weeks after she was charged with murder,Read their statement below

Royal Media service has finally cleared the air surrounding their employee Jacque Maribe who is in remand after being charged for the murder.

During her bail hearing case Prosecution counsel Catherine Mwaniki told Justice James Wakiaga that it will be unfair if Maribe continues to appear on TV screens, especially when witnesses have to testify against her.

She urged the court to consider her profession when ruling on whether to grant her bail.

“I urge you to consider that the second accused person is a news anchor and if released on bail, the court should give alternative conditions to ensure she does not intimidate the witnesses.”

Ever since she was arrested Citizen TV has not addressed the issue, but they have finally broken their silence.

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Read the statement below;

Royal Media Services, the employer of Jacque Maribe, has urged the court to release her on bail.In a Press statement on Thursday morning, Group Managing Director Wachira Waruru expressed confidence that the Citizen TV journalist would adhere to bail conditions if released.

After Moses Kuria, this is the politician who appeared in court to support Jacque Maribe during her bail hearing (Photos)

In part the statement says

“Having engaged her for the last six years and assessing her performance, we hereby vouch for her character and recommend for her admission to bail,”

It comes a day after Maribe and her co-accused Joseph Irungu alias Jowie pleaded not guilty after their charges were read afresh to include other suspects not present before the court.
According to Mr. Waruru, Maribe has a clean record of employment,He cited her work experience as a reporter and her recent promotion to the position of Friday Prime Time news anchor on Citizen TV.
On Wednesday, Maribe’s lawyers sought bail despite objection from the State Prosecutor.
The Prosecution claimed that her presence on the screen would intimidate witnesses lined up to testify against her in the Monica Kimani murder case.

 

Jacque Maribe in the docks at the Kiambu Law Court
Jacque Maribe in the docks at the Kiambu Law Court

Jowie all smiles as he appears in court for his bail hearing in connection to the murder of Monicah Kimani(Photos)

Ms. Catherine Mwaniki in part said that

“We are not saying that the accused should be sacked or leave employment. We are talking about her role in the media vis-a-vis the likelihood of intimidation,”


The judge seemingly tickled by Mwaniki’s sentiments wondered how Maribe would influence witnesses against testifying by reading news.

Justice James Wakiaga asked the Prosecutor to explain further saying that he is not aware of how the accused’s profession is linked to the objection to her bail application.

“Just elaborate so that I understand. I don’t know what she does because like I told you last time, I don’t clearly watch news. But I have been told she reads news and interviews people,”

The Prosecution however maintained that Maribe is viewed as a “high person in society” and may intimidate witnesses.”

The ruling on the bail application is to be delivered on Tuesday, October 30.
Royal Media Services has in it’s statement confirmed that Maribe is still an employee of the firm but has taken leave to attend to personal matters.

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Details of the farewell party for Citizen TV’s Kanze Dena

Yesterday was TV girl Kanze Dena’s last day at the Maalim Juma based media station.

The multi-talented presenter, who started her journey at KBC and finished at Citizen TV, was recently appointed as the deputy head of the President’s Strategic Communication Unit (PSCU) as well as deputy State House spokesperson by President Kenyatta.

Kanze Dena
Lulu Hassan (L), Uhuru Kenyatta (C) and Kanze Dena

“In this regard, I am pleased to announce that Ms Munira Mohamed, 40, has been appointed to the role of Deputy Head, PSCU, and Head of the Presidential Library.

In addition to taking charge of all broadcast and media production, Ms. Mohamed will lead a team to design and develop the library; develop storylines and themes for both permanent and temporary public exhibitions; carry out research work and collect material relevant to the Presidential Library, Museum and Exhibition Centre.

In this new role, Ms. Mohamed will work closely with the families of our nation’s first three President’s, as well as the State Department of Heritage, to decide on important speeches, papers, books, artworks, artifacts and other materials to preserve and exhibit.

2. As part of diversifying the voices from the Presidency, focusing the concept of messaging with purpose, President Kenyatta has appointed seasoned television news anchor Kanze Dena, 39, as Deputy State House Spokesperson and Deputy Head, PSCU.

Ms. Dena will take leadership of the core communications teams, including digital, messaging, research, branding and press. With expansive newsroom leadership experience, Ms. Dena has been tasked to focus on the President’s brand positioning, media relations and messaging with respect to the delivery of the Big Four agenda.

The President believes the two women leaders will bring diversity, dynamism and infuse new energy into the PSCU whilst improving overall media relations with external stakeholders.

Overall leadership for the Presidential Communications remains with Manoah Esipisu, the State House Spokesperson,” read a statement by PSCU.

Kanze Dena, who is a role model to many, is known for her mastery of the Swahili language and we will indeed miss her on our screens. Dena and her co-host Lulu Hassan brighten our living rooms while presenting news and their Nipashe Wikendi segment, where they invited relationship expert Bi Msafiri to talk about issues affecting marriage, educated us.

Well, last night Kanze Dena bid farewell to her supporters for being there for her for the last 15 years as a TV presenter.

“Nashukuru Mungu kwa miaka hiyo kumi na tano amabyo nimeweza kukuletea taarifa za habari mtazamaji.

Ningependa kuwashukuru watu ambao wamesismama nami katika taarifa hii,” she said after presenting her last news on Cirtizen TV.

Lulu Hassan and Kanze Dena

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Kanze went ahead to thank the Managing Director of Royal Media Services Wachira Waruru for holding her hand in the media industry.

“Hii talanta nilipoianza nikiwa KBC nilikuwa na mkurugenzi wachira Waruru. Amenishika mkono siku zote hizo mpaka leo,” she added.

Just after she was done giving her speech, Kanze Dena was surprised live on air by workmates from RMS. Gospel singer Mercy Masika led a section of employees of the top media house in song and dance as they made their way to the studio where Kanze and Lulu Hassan were seated.

The mother of one could not hide her joy and she broke into tears.

Kanze Dena

Kanze Dena

Kanze Dena

Kanze took this time to advice Kenyans, urging them to be faithful.

“Ukiwa mwaminifu kwa Mungu naye anakuwa mwaminifu kwako. Anakushika mkono unatembea naye. Wakati ameaanda mpango juu ya maisha yako, mpango huo atautekeleza ikiwa utamruhusu na kutembea naye.

Nimoeona uaminifu wa Mungu kuotka nilipoanza utangazaji wangu mpaka leo hadi kule ninakokwenda najua ni mkono wa Mungu.”

Lulu Hassan wrote a heartwarming letter to Kanze Dena wishing her all the best in her endeavors and she described her co-host as her best friend and prayer warrior.

“WHAT PEOPLE DO NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU IS THAT YOU ARE A PRAYER WARRIOR AND THAT YOU HARDLY DO ANYTHING WITHOUT TELLING ME ‘LULU ACHA NIOMBEE HILI JAMBO’..AND YOU HAD THOSE INSTINCTS LIKE…’ROHO YANGU HAITAKI HUYU RAFIKI YAKO..THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THIS PERSON WISH I HAD LISTENED EARLIER ON BUT BLIMEY SHOCK ON ME (STORY FOR ANOTHER DAY). I REMEMBER WHEN WE WERE ALL BEING POACHED FROM OUR RESPECTIVE COMPANIES TO JOIN ANOTHER WHICH WAS OFFERING SOME LOFTY AMOUNT, WE WERE ENTICED TO SAY THE LEAST BUT BOOM! IN YOUR TYPICAL KIND OF WAY YOU SAID ‘’MAMAA DON’T SIGN LET ME GO PRAY FOR THIS LETTER AND BY MORNING I WILL TELL YOU THE WAY FORWARD…AND TRUE TO YOUR WORDS YOU DROPPED THE BOMBSHELL ‘MUNGU AMEKATAA LULU’ …AND SLOWLY WE WENT BACK TO OUR RESPECTIVE COMPANIES BACK IN 2013,” read part of Lulu’s letter.

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Check out messages from Kanze Dena’s supporters.

Lina_delta: This was so emotional😪 .. Sign of victory😍🙌

Wacherawa_kihia: WOW! This got me tearing up😪😪…..So emotional, yet happy 😍😍for this beautiful soul, @kanze_dena may God keep opening doors, for you girl. You DESERVE IT! Mola akubariki.

Jane Njoroge: I love her my God bless her @kanzi Dena and life story in women without limt it’s was so inspired to and changed me completely.kaze 😘😘😘

Tobby: Congratulations ND we wish you well and totally moved by the sermon be blessed

Mwangibabu: May the mighty hand of our God be with you Kanze ,you have really fought the real fight abundance grace

Roseoguya: If you keep doing good God will never leave you

Doreen Nasike: Mungu hajawai muacha mja wake, Lulu mola asimame nawe kwa muendelezo huu….kila la heri kanze

Danne Ondiek: Lulu Hassan all the best InshaAllah don’t feel alone.

Miriam Anyango: All the best kanze may God continue to uplift you we love you so me bye

Nanano: God is faithful, God is good, trust in Him He wl do wonders in ya life

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